FUNKGHOST: Using Influences From The Past To Create Music For The Future by Cyrus Webb
The man called the “Morris Day of Hip Hop” is relishing in the acclaim his single “The Way I Rock My Clothes” is getting, but remains focused on the goal of just giving the world good music. Known in the business as Funkghost, the Tampa, FL native has always been around beats. His father was a part-time dj, and Funkghost was a fan of the 8 tracks around him and was drawn to music made by artists like Run DMC.
Throughout the years he has always tried to show his support for any creative endeavor, looking for ways to build on his personal brand. As he began to build his reputation, Funkghost knew it was just as important to sell who you are as a person as it is to get your music out to the masses.
Over the years he has been asked for his advice by new artists who are trying to break into the business or that are looking for staying power. What does he tell them? “Don’t sign anything with anyone until you have your paperwork and yourself together legally. You have to protect your name and your image at the same time.”
Funkghost also draws on his own means of staying grounded for the next tip. “Surround yourself with successful people. Relationships are key. Make sure you are in a position where you are keeping all options and doors open.”
Looking back over his career in the entertainment business, Funkghost sees himself as a more seasoned artist and definitely more confident in who he is and what he represents. Above anything, he believes in being true to himself.
When asked how he defines success, Funkghost says it is getting new people to know who he is and to hear his music. Because of this, he is always taking advantage of new and innovative ways of connecting with people such as the social networking sites. He sees them as an invaluable way of reaching new heights as he continues forward into the New Year.
Find out more about Funkghost at www.funkghost.com or follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/funkghost.
Posted by C. A. Webb at 1:11 PM
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Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Sorry about the inactivity latley on my super fresh Blog "The World According to Funkghost" = ) I have been very busy recording Moving into a new residence and [paying bills at the same time trying to come up with that next piece of fresh music and visuals that people have come to expect from your boy... My new single and video should be coming out after the first of the year... 2009 was get shit done and had alot of Fun... 2010 is where the newness begins....STAY TUNED
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
By Times Staff Writer Nicole Hutchenson
You might know Funkghost as the underground Tampa rapper who prefers to remain as mysterious as he does well-heeled.
Now you might know him for another reason entirely: The former Soundcheck Artist of the Day just made the Deal Divas' list of the 10 Best Dressed People in Tampa Bay. No surprise, given the man's penchant for fine threads, as outlined in his video for The Way I Rock My Clothes.
Funkghost calls his style "dirty but sophisticated."
“You might wear a button-up shirt with a corduroy blazer and some distressed jeans with a fresh Gucci belt and some Supra sneakers," he told Deal Diva Nicole Hutcheson.
But Even though Funkghost drops designer names like Oscar de la Renta and Salvatore Ferragamo in The Way I Rock My Clothes, he’s an equal opportunity shopper: True style is “when you can go out and put something together that’s not necessarily expensive but looks like a million bucks,” said Funkghost, who will be wearing suits from Express Men in his next video for the single Put It On Smash.
For more on Funkghost -- and to see who else made the Deal Divas' best-dressed list -- click here, or pick up a copy of Friday's tbt*.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Im a Big Fan of NYC Graffiti Writer & World Renowed Artist Jean Michel Basquiat! The 1981 Movie "Downtown 81" Starring Basquiat is one of the first ever Hip-Hop/Graffiti/B-Boy Movies ever Made...
Jean-Michel Basquiat (December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988) was an American artist, the first black American painter to become an international art star. He gained popularity first as a graffiti artist in New York City, and then as a successful 1980s-era Neo-expressionist artist. Basquiat's paintings continue to influence modern-day artists and command high prices.
Monday, August 3, 2009
R.I.P. To Baatin of Slum Village 1974 - 2009...Thank you for touching my life through Music! I Remember Meeting Baatin in the summer of 2000 backstage at The House of Blues in Orlando. Slum Village was touring with D'angelo at the time...He had a very humble spirit about him...Fantastic Vol. 2 by Slum Vllage ( j dilla , T3 And Baatin ) is probably my favorite hip-hop LP of all - time... Thanks for the memories Baatin!
Here is a another favorite of mine from Slum Village, from the 2002 Trinity LP...Enjoy!
Slum Village feat. Dwele - Tainted 2002
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Big Shout out to Tampa Legend "DJ Fader" on dropping this Fresh Mixtape!
DJ Fader is Beloved in The City of Tampa Bay for holding down "Extremley Dope" and long running Hip-hop club Residences at Masqurades and Club Empire in Ybor City.
To Listen, Click on " The Thunderstorm on WFDR mixed by Dj Fader " Located Above.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Big Shout out to My Man The Legendary DJ Sandman Bumzsquad DJ/95.7 The Beat FM/1200
squad! On Dropping this Worlwide Cornerstone Mixtape # 117 (Dj Sandman & Young Deacon)Hillsborough Street Blues... BAY CITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
To Download and Listen, Just Click on "Cornerstone Mixtape # 117 (Dj Sandman & Young Deacon) Hillsborough Street Blues" Located Above.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
With the loss of Michael Jackson on the 25th of June...im taking time to reflect on how fragile life is...your not promised tommorow by any means... Here is a interview with the Late Great B.I.G.....2 weeks before he was murdered
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thank you for inspiring me and giving me Hope as a kid Michael! and Thank God for letting me witness your incredible dynamic talent...you were truly without a doubt....the best entertainer of all- time...
Michael Jackson's Historic Performance of "Billie Jean" during Motown's 25th Anniversary in 1983...
also...Click on "R.I.P Michael Jackson 1958 - 2009 The Greatest Entertainer Of All-Time" Located above, to hear The Michael Jackson Mega Mix by DJ Sandman (BumsquadDJz)
95.7 The Beat FM
R.I.P Michael Joseph Jackson August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009
The Greatest Entertainer of All - Time....
The Jackson 5 - Performing "Dancing Machine" on The Merv Griffin show in 1974.
JET Interview–August 16, 1979 Michael Jackson: Nearly 21 but has no marriage plans, dates but not steady, fears love-sick fans, talks about racism and develops own lifestyle.
By Robert E. Johnson
JET Associate Publisher
Michael Joseph (Smiley) Jackson, the angelic-voiced lead singer of the world famous vocal quintet of Jackson brothers, is a handsome young man whose onstage magnetism and magic are exceeded only by his offstage majesty and meek heartedness.
Born the fifth of six talented sons of Joseph and Katherine Jackson in Gary, Ind., nearly 21 years ago (Aug. 29, 195 , he is a Virgo, whose trait is unselfishness, and is moved by magnetic forces which draw so many admirers into his life that love is his for the taking. And his love-struck fans often do strange things to show their affection for him.
When one beautiful Black teenager recently boarded a packed plane and spotted him seated with his brothers, she stared in disbelief, began breathing heavily and became so excited that she started wetting in her panties and froze in her tracks as urine trickled down her legs.
At the arrival gate where girls had gathered to meet the Jacksons, a blonde teenager squeezed through the crushing crowd, slipped past security guards, pulled Michael toward her and tried to make him kiss her.
Returning recently from a world tour celebrating their 10th anniversary in show business, Michael, the only Jackson son who has reached the age of consent and is still unmarried, waded through a room full of mail, sorting out those proposing marriage. Bashful Michael answered them the same: “Thank you for the beautiful letter. It’s very nice. And we will always love you. Love, Michael Jackson and the Jacksons.”
Mild-mannered Micahel makes it clear that he gets no satisfaction writing the same letter to all of those female fans who want him for a husband. But he responds in brief dignity because he actually fears love-sick fans.
Sitting in the living room of his family’s home located on a parcel of land in Encino, Calif., purchased form the sprawling estate of the late lady-killer actor Clark Gable of Gone With The Wind fame, the young and eligible bachelor talked about marriage, dating and a wide range of topics which deeply concern him.
“I don’t like to break hearts,” he said solemnly and shyly, shifting his 5-foot, 9 ½ -inch body in a sofa chair. “I don’t really know these people and, gosh, it’s a weird thing.” He continued:
“That, I think, is the weird part about show business. You portray an image. And those people are into you so long, buying your records. You’re all over their walls. They wake up seeing you. They wake up thinking about you. You’re totally on their mind. And when they meet you in person, they feel they have been knowing you for a long time. But I don’t know them. You see, that’s the painful part of show business—the breaking of the hearts. Do you know what that does to them? God, some of them go to the point of committing suicide because they get real serious. That’s what I don’t know how to handle.”
For the young female bubblegum crowd whose voices are now turning from no to yes, he is especially fearful. About them he says, “You have to be careful because sometimes love can reverse on you. They feel they can’t get you and they’ll go to the point of plotting and planning terrible things on you or do terrible things to hurt you. That’s why it’s important to be nice, but sincerely nice.”
He recalled the nasty rumor that surfaced last year, falsely claiming that he had undergone a sex change. The rumor is not dead yet and he said his encounter with a love-crazed blonde at the aforementioned airport helps to revive it. “This beautiful girl with blonde hair was trying her hardest to pull me into her to kiss her,” Michael remembers. “She said, ‘You’re so sexy, kiss me.’ When I showed no kind of interest in her, she said, ‘What’s wrong, you fag?’ and walked off.”
He laments that he still has to tell people: “There’s a reason why I was created male. I’m not a girl. And what kills me the most and makes me want to break down in tears is when little kids, seven and eight, come to me asking me that. I say, no, and please tell all your other little friends it’s not true.”
What disturbs Michael more than the rumor is the kind of mail he receives from some of the bubble gum set. “You wouldn’t believe the mail I get. I mean some of it gets real vulgar,” he revealed. To him, such mail is as shocking as seeing a priest at a movie house watching The Devil And Mrs. Jones or Deep Throat. “Some of the mail gets real funky, not polite at all,” he says. “They tell you the stuff they want to do to you and everything, and how they’re going to do it. I just read and go, ‘Oh my God, these girls.’ There’s not much charm in girls anymore, like the guy used to always pick up the phone and call the girl. She would never call the guy. She would sit there all day until the phone would ring for her. But now the girls bother you to death….You see girls today 11 years old with bags and lipstick and eyeliner and lashes as well. They feel they’re women and they’re not.”
Don’t get the impression that the soft-spoken singer is a saint or square. Looking like the cliché description—tall, dark, and handsome—Michael is very much aware that he can now do at age 20 what he used to sing about when he was 10. One well-known witness is Oscar-winning actress Tatum O’Neal, teenaged daughter of actor Ryan O’Neal.
A reporter for Modern People two years ago quoted Miss O’Neal as once saying she couldn’t wait to have her first affair. If she followed up the widely publicized comment with action involving manly Michael, he is not the kind to kiss and tell. He declined to discuss intimate details of dating Tatum, but was anxious to set the record straight about their romance. First, he readily admits the parallels in their lives: Both have protective parents. Tatum is a daddy’s girl and Michael is a mama’s boy. Both are attractive and wealthy. She rides in a chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce and millionaire Michael drives his own Rolls. Both are very shy. Michael is one of the brightest stars of the future and Tatum is, too.
“I want all those people who read JET to just know that we’re mainly good friends,” Michael assured. Admitting that there have been criticisms about their relations, Michael mused: “People take it to crazy means and crazy extents and I just tell them we’re really, really, really good friends. That’s all I say. They say, ‘Well how good friends are you? Is there any romance going on?’ I say, yes sometimes but not all the time.”
Although dating is part of his lifestyle, he is more interested in developing a new lifestyle around his family’s home which is now undergoing extensive renovations. Emphasizing that he is not ready to move out on his own like his four married brothers (Jackie, Jermaine, Tito and Marlon), Michael explains:
“I’ve always wanted to do this for my mother. She loves homes and everything and I do things by feeling and force. I don’t feel that it’s time for me to move away yet. There are so many things I want to do just staying here.
“If I move out now, I would die of loneliness. Most people who move out go to discos every night. They party every night. They invite friends over and I don’t do any of those things. I would really die of loneliness.”
Michael’s renovation plans will include the addiction of a tennis court, a remodeled swimming pool, a gym room, a movie room, a rehearsal studio and a library.
Living at home with his mother, Katherine, father Joseph, brother Randy, and sisters, Janet and LaToya, the young entertainer explores his many talents and grapples with social and religious concerns.
Uppermost among his concerns are religion and racism. A devout Jehovah’s Witness, like his mother, he says: “I believe in the Bible and I try to follow the Bible. I know that I’m not an angel and I’m not a devil either. I try to be as best as I can and I try to do what I think is right. It’s that simple….I don’t just pray at night. I pray at different times during the day. Whenever I see something beautiful, I say, ‘Oh, God, that’s beautiful.’ I say little prayers like that all through the day.”
To cope with the stresses of show business, Michael says he turns to his deity, not drugs. “As corny as it sounds, natural highs are the greatest highs in the world,” he attests. “The stars, the mountains, children, babies smiling are just magic,” he happily beamed.
The one thing that dims this glow is the pervasive racism that’s rampant in the world today, especially in America, the world traveler observes. Recalling how badly the singing Jacksons have been treated in southern cities, he said that it was difficult to believe.
“The people told us just deal with it (racism) because that’s how the South is,” he said and added: “That’s ignorance and it’s taught because it’s not genetic at all.
“I’m really not a prejudiced person at all. I believe that people should think about God more and creation because if you look at the many wonders inside the human bodies—the different colors of organs…and all these colors do different things in the human body—why can’t we do it as people?
“That (racism) is the only thing I hate. I really do. And that’s why I try to write, put it in songs, put it in dance, put it in my art—to teach the world. If politicians can’t do it, poets should put it in poetry and writers should put it in novels. That’s what we have to do and I think it’s so important to save the world.”
As widely read as he is traveled, Michael, a private high school graduate who once quit public school because girls were always screaming and pulling on him, said: “I love to read. I wish I could advise more people to read. There’s a whole new world in books. If you can’t afford to travel, you travel mentally through reading. You can see anything and go anyplace you want to in reading.”
Traveling and reading have greatly influenced his religious and racial views. About his travels, Michael explains: “Wherever you go, man-made things are man-made, but you’ve got to get out and see God’s beauty of the world.”
Reflecting upon America’s racial problems, he said: “I wish I could borrow from other countries, say, like Venezuela or Trinidad, the real love and color-blind people and bring it to America. When you travel, you realize how different America is. God, I hate to say this but our people are brainwashed.”
Of all his travels, he says his most emotional and moving experiences came in travels in Dakar, Senegal. “I’m going to raise my hand (to God) on this one,” he lit up like a light. “I always thought that Blacks, as far as artistry, were the most talented race on earth. But when I went to Africa, I was even more convinced. They do incredible things over there….They got the beats and the rhythm. I really see where drums come from. It makes you think that all Blacks have rhythm….I don’t want the Blacks to ever forget that this is where we come from and where our music comes from. And if we forget, it (Black history) would really get lost. I want us to remember.”
Michael Jackson Pepsi Commercial
Thank you for influencing a Generation Michael! You are the Greatest Ever!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Funk has invited me to co-author this most freshdope blog and when I return from St. Louis, I'm gonna get all kinds of busy on here. Watch out Bay City! You know how we rock our clothes.
In the mean time, here is some food for thought, so grab a buffet plate.
Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
In the mean time, here is some food for thought, so grab a buffet plate.
Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League & DJ Smallz Present- Laws: Your Future Favorite Rapper [Mixtape]: Download link here
lETS TRY TO MAKE IT 10,000 Downloads! Download link By clicking on J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League & DJ Smallz Present- Laws: Your Future Favorite Rapper [Mixtape]Located above.
2. Fuck Off
3. R.A.P.P.E.R. (Produced by Trackburnerz)
5. Bring Justice
6. Who I Am
7. Rain (Produced by: J.U.S.T.I.C.E. LEAGUE & SONNY CRACK)
8. Shoot Wack Rappers
9. Take Notice
11. What You Want (Produced by Trackburnerz)
12. Love Song (Produced by Laws)
13. Electric Eel
14. Searching featuring Young Chris, Wale, & Bun B
15. Boys to Men (Produced by: J.U.S.T.I.C.E. LEAGUE)
16. Old Man (Produced by Trackburnerz)
17. Free (Produced by: J.U.S.T.I.C.E. LEAGUE)
18. Your Future Favorite Rapper (Produced by: J.U.S.T.I.C.E. LEAGUE)
Laws = Future of Florida
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Old School Flyers from 1994 with my former Group (and still good friends) Tap, Ghost, and Phobia... Big Shouts out to the Legendary DJ Sandman & Scoot Lover who along with us put on and promoted alot of the early Hip-Hop events in the Tampa Area...(And still do i might add) : ) Our shits Imperial!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
A Tribe Called Quest - Check The Rhime (Live) performing with Paul Shaffer of the Tonight show with David Letterman
One of my Favorite Hip-Hop Groups of All-time...yeah...i know i said it up here before but...this is my Blog dammit! = ) just playin...enjoy!
Monday, June 1, 2009
This Jam is one of those timeless Gems...Many people have sampled this but none comes close to the Original. From 1983 Performing it (Live via The Tube)Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five's Ultimate Classic - The Message.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
What can i say about this guy? I first met a young Slop Back in 1995...He was fresh out of Highschool and was already becoming a beast on the ASR - 10. Making dope beats and DJ'ing has always been his passion. Also known as T. the Beat Specialist,
this Tampa, Florida/Phoenix Arizona-based producer/DJ is Also Co-Founder of the Beat Fanatic Music Group. This month Coalmine records released Heltah Skeltah - Midnight Madness Remix EP Featuring Slopfunkdust's Production. He has also been instrumental in Popularizing Beat Scociety, A forum where Top - Flight Producers such as Nottz, Just Blaze, Illmind ect. showcase thier production talents live on stage. As a DJ he has traveled all over the globe bringing hip-hop to places as far as Poland. Below you can check out Slop @ Beat Society held at The Knitting Factory in NYC a few years Back. To hear, Heltah Skeltah + SlopFunkDust = Midnight Madness Remix, Click on "Slopfunkdust - Underground's Ultimate Insider" Located above.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
1970's Documentary on "Black Music in America" Feat. Nina Simone, Sly and the Family Stone, Billie Holiday and others - circa mid-1970's
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
www.tampahiphop.com Presents The Official Tampa Music Confrence After Party June 5th @ Crowbar Tampa FL
Performing Live Dynasty Along with Blac Soap, Jinx and The Villanz
Featuring: DJ Sandman , Deacon , and DJ Fader 18 and up $5 dollars @ The door
Crowbar @ 1812 N.17th St. Tampa Fl 33605 Free entry with Tampa Music Confrence Badges!
I actually Posted this clip from a 1983 James Brown Concert a few months back... Seeing 3 of the Most influential Artist in Modern Music History share the stage is just...Inceredible to see.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
When Hip-Hop Culture to me was New...Fresh...and Exciting! This was the jammy Jam...where my B-Boys and B-Girls At!
Saturday, May 23, 2009
I had fun shooting my second Video! Director Jeff Osborne @ Vision Studios is incredibly Talented. Love goes out to all my family and Friends who attended.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
This song was re-introduced to me by @elegantslummer on Twitter. The Slave produced "Inside Out", written by Jesse Rae, peaked at #12 in 1982....as you can tell there are similarities to slave's Hit at the time "Watching you". I think this throwback record is mesmerizing and Funky...Plus the lead singers voice has a haunting feel to it...I love it!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Got this from http://shutitdownblog.blogspot.com one of my all-time favorite Production teams...especially their early days with Cherelle, Alexander O'neal, S.O.S. Band and of course...Ms. Jackson if your Nasty = )
they disabled the embedding so just click on "Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis Interview W/Donnie Simpson Video Soul Throwback" Located above
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Tampa By Way of Queens NY MC Dynasty is the truth! This Femcee ( as she likes to say ), posesses skill on the mic and a killer live show... Here she is performing W/DJ Sandman and Tribal Style @The 5th annual Rootstock festival in Tampa Florida. For more info and Booking Contact DJ Sandman: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
EXCLUSIVE! This shit dont drop till June... this is just a taste sampler.
to hear it, click on "Audio: The Beat Junkies - Jay Stay Paid Album Sampler Mix + J$P Tracklisting" located above
Found this sick version of Sly & The Famly stone's "If u want me to stay" . Never heard this version before so...I had to post it on my Blog.